Take a 4-day journey around the Yucatan peninsula by travelling on a bus to the pretty colonial city of Merida with is shady open plazas and laid back locals. Hop on a bus to Merida on Day 1. Enjoy snorkelling by cenotes on Day 2. On Day 3, take a trip to see some beautiful Spanish-style Haciendas and swim the crystal clear water of a cenote surrounded by flora and fauna still used in Mayan medicine. End your trip on Day 4 with a Chichen Itza day trip before being dropped on in Cancun city centre.
Bus Transfer Cancun to Merida
Make your way to the bus station and hop on board your bus. Today you will travel from Cancun to the colonial city of Merida with white Spanish architecture and pretty tree-lined plazas. Take the rest of the evening to walk around town as the locals come out to socialise after the day’s heat has subsided. Overnight in Merida.
Cenotes Underground Snorkelling
Please make your own way to the meeting point in the center of Merida and from there we`ll move as the locals do. Walk through the colonial streets of Merida to catch the local transportation that will take us to a traditional mayan village. Take a motorbike ride and get into the jungle to find 3 different types of cenotes (sinkholes), you’ll hear the stories and mysteries about this gorgeous subterranean world.
Swim and snorkel in these cenotes, and if you dare, try to reach the bottom and some other hidden places inside these beautiful caverns. After this refreshing time, you will continue your visit in the Mayan Village where you will learn about the traditional Mayan medicine and listen to a prayer in the Mayan language to show gratitude towards the spirits and guards of these places. A local family will give you a taste of local life using their ancient cooking skills to prepare the lunch you are going to taste. To finish your adventure day, take the local transport back to Merida and make your own way to your accommodation, or if you want, feel free to stay longer on your own to explore more in this incredible land. Overnight in Merida.
*Packing Suggestions: Swimsuit, towel and money for lunch and personal expenses.
Uxmal & Cenotes Day Tour
Pick-up will be around 9:00am from your Merida accommodation. On this exciting tour you will explore unique cenotes (sinkholes) and several Spanish-style estates known as "Haciendas" that are representative of the "Henequen Golden Age".
We will first make a stop at Hacienda Yaxcopoil. The name of this hacienda means in the Mayan language “the place of the green Alamo tree” and dates back to the XVII century. There we are going to learn about three main pages of our history; pre-Colombian, Spanish colony and the splendor of the sisal fiber industry during the XIX and the early XX century. The walking tour consists in visiting the main house with its high ceilings and large windows and other rooms where there are Mayan artifacts found in the surroundings.
Next, we’ll continue on to the three times built archaeological zone of Uxmal, located in a hilled zone named Puuc, the most important city of the area. Don’t miss its most relevant buildings: The Adivino pyramid, The Nunnery Quadrangle, and The Governor`s Palace.
Next, continue to the municipality of Peba, located only 15 minutes from Yaxcopoil Hacienda, where there is a Cenote surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna still used for the Mayan traditional medicine. The shallow and transparent water of this cenote is great for kids and adults.
Once today’s adventures have concluded, you’ll return to the white city of Merida.
(Note: We suggest passengers to bring a bathing suit, towel and money for snacks or a box lunch).
Chichen Itza Day Trip & Cancun City Centre Drop-Off
Depart Merida this morning for a Chichen-Itza Day Trip and transfer to Cancun. Learn about the ancient ways of life in this well-preserved Mayan citadel with an English-speaking guide. Ponder the disappearance of this archaeological site’s former inhabitants while you walk around these pre-Hispanic ruins. Recently added to the list of the 7 World Wonders, this is a site you do not want to miss! Your trip will come to an end as you are dropped off in the Cancun City Center. We wish you safe travels for your onwards journey!
*Note: A fee of $45 MXN (subject to change) per person will be charged for the use of any video recording devices inside the site (tablets, cell phones, camera).
*NOTE REGARDING LUNCH: We will make a stop for a buffet lunch at a cost of $150 pesos to be paid locally.
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Trip Name: Independent - Yucatan Highlights Adventure / (from Cancun)
Duration: 4 Days
From Price: $409
Supplier Tour ID: CUNYUC/208467
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